Solarize Cincy Assessment

Solarize Cincy takes the guesswork out of purchasing solar panels by providing you with all the information you need to make a decision. One way we can help is by providing homeowners a free solar assessment. Here are some of the steps we take to help you determine if solar panels are a good fit for your home.

Online Feasibility Assessment

Step 1: Solar Assessment

Once you complete our sign-up form, member of our team will begin to prepare your free solar assessment. We will begin by reviewing a solar map of your home (like the one on Google Maps) to obtain basic information about the location of your home, the orientation of your roof (a south facing roof will attract the most solar energy), and the existence of any obstructions (like large trees) that may diminish your roof’s solar potential. This information is used to prepare your solar assessment and to outline the potential costs and benefits of a solar installation on your home.


On Site Solar Assessment

Step 2: On-Site Solar Assessment

Once you receive your free solar assessment, it is up to you to decide if you want to take the next step. If you would like more information, then we will put you in touch with one of our solar installers who will contact you to schedule a free, on-site solar assessment.

During the assessment, the solar installer will examine your roof and calculate the best location to install solar panels on your home. Among the key items that your solar assessment will review are:

  • Age and condition of your roof
  • Degree of tilt and orientation of your roof
  • Presence of any obstacles to sunlight on your property
  • Ideal location to install solar panels on the exterior of your home
  • Location of appropriate interior connection points

In addition to these items, your solar installer will conduct a solar shading analysis to document the solar resource potential.

With this information, your solar installer will be able to determine the projected solar energy generation potential of a custom designed system for your home.

Solar Assessment Proposal

Step 3: Proposal

After the solar assessment is complete, you will be provided with an installation proposal tailored to your home. The solar assessment does not obligate you to act, but simply provides a recommendation for how solar can help meet your home’s energy needs.

In addition to system design information, each proposal will include information on available financial incentives and expected power production. Finally, your report will have a price for a solar PV system sized to fit your home. If a roof-mounted solar PV array is not possible, the installer will explain other potential options for solar energy production on your site.

If you decide that solar is right for you, the solar installer will work with you to schedule a time to install your solar panels so you can begin producing your own energy.



Basic Solar FAQs

What are the components of a solar PV system?

Solar array: Solar arrays are made of a group of solar panels strung together. Each panel is composed of solar cells used to capture the sun’s energy.

Inverter: The electric grid utilizes AC (alternating current) electricity while solar panels generate DC (direct current) electricity. The inverter is a device used to change the DC electricity into AC form. Once your inverter has performed this conversion, the electricity can feed directly into the electric grid and your home.

Remote monitoring system: A monitoring system that helps to track the amount of energy being generated by your system. This enables the contractor to ensure that your system is operating effectively.

Cells, Panels, and Arrays:


Solar Equipment Terminology: Solar Cell, Panel, and Array

How does a solar panel create electricity?

Solar panels generate electricity when sunlight hits the surface of a cell. Electrons in the silicon absorb energy from the sun. These energized electrons jump from their atoms to a conducting material in the cell, which creates an electric charge. This charge is then captured by solar panels that have been wired together.


General illustration of how energy from the sun turns into electric current.

Does Cincinnati receive enough sunlight for solar panels to work properly?

Yes. Not only does Cincinnati have more than enough sunlight to generate electricity with solar PV panels, but we receive more sunlight than Germany, the global leader in the use of solar energy. Solar maps can tell within a few percent the amount of sunlight that will hit a specific spot on the earth’s surface in a given year.

How is solar energy measured?

The energy produced by solar panels is measured in kilowatt-hours (kWh). The average sized home uses approximately 900 kWh of electricity per month. This number will vary based on age of home, heating and cooling systems, and other features.

Where should my solar panels be installed?

To collect the most energy, solar panels need to face the sun and not be obstructed by shade. This makes a roof the ideal location to install an array. A 1 kW array takes up 90 to 100 square feet of space, and a 5kW array requires about 500 square feet to produce about 6,000 kWh per year. In some cases where a rooftop installation is not possible, it may make sense to install an array on the ground.

Will there be a battery with my system?

Most solar PV systems do not have a battery backup included. Battery technology can help retain energy for use when the sun is not shining or during an electric grid outage, but can add significant expense to the cost of a system.

Energy Alliance Green Bank

Empowering Solar Energy and Energy Efficiency

How do we make solar energy and energy efficiency accessible for Greater Cincinnati residents and businesses?

To answer that question, the Energy Alliance recently convened a group of city leaders, energy professionals, and financing experts, to hear from Jeff Schub, VP at the Coalition for Green Capital (a successful national energy financing nonprofit). Mr. Schub spoke about opportunities to bring energy financing into the Greater Cincinnati market to support energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

Affordable financing for an investment that gives homeowners and businesses a substantial energy savings and financial return is a win-win for our region.




Nationwide Solarize Programs – Video

Solarize Programs are a nation-wide resource that connects homeowners, installers, manufacturers, and communities to make Solar Energy less costly and easier to get.

This video from the U.S. Department of Energy relays:

  • How Solarize programs work
  • Homeowner Benefits
  • Benefits for Communities


energy alliance news

Eliminating Barriers to Solar Energy through Lending

The Energy Alliance is taking part in a national conversation around how to bring more investment into solar development.

Hosted by the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), the Banking on Solar Initiative includes voices from throughout the solar industry, from developers and installers, to national banking partners, legal voices, and state green banks.

By developing more standardized procedures for contracting and underwriting, and educating financial institutions on the opportunities and risks presented by solar investments, we are growing the market and increasing the solar investment opportunities for residents, businesses, and contractors.

Learn more